Bulls Game Day Preview
San Francisco Bulls (17-23-1-5, eighth place, Western Conference) at
Ontario Reign (34-11-1-2), first place, Western Conference)
When: Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p
Where: Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, CA)
By: Emily Zahner
Tonight’s Matchup: The San Francisco Bulls (17-23-1-5) travel down to Southern California to take on the Western Conference-leading Ontario Reign (34-11-1-2), tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena. This is the last of ten matchups between the two teams, with the Bulls trailing in the season series 1-6-0-2. The previous time the two faced off, Taylor Nelson performed admirably, stopping 24 shots and holding the Reign 0-for-2 on the power play in a 5-2 loss. The Bulls received goals from Dean Ouellet and Peter Sivak in the third period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early 3-0 deficit the Reign had dealt. Tonight marks the second game of the Bulls four-games-in-five-days set.
The Bulls were the product of too much time off when they faced the Las Vegas Wranglers on Wednesday night at the Cow Palace. The Wranglers extended their win streak to five games when they left the Bulls scoreless in a 5-0 shutout.
San Francisco’s penalty kill continues to improve. The Bulls have now killed 60 of 68 (88.2%) power plays in the last 28 games. The return and impressive play of goaltender Thomas Heemskerk will only help bolster the Bulls defense. Marek Viedensky is also expected to return tonight. Rylan Galiardi was placed on the injured reserves, and Colin Reddin was activated. Peter Sivak will be out of tonight’s game with flu-like symptoms.
Ontario will be without the league’s goal and point leader, as Colton Yellow Horn was called up to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. The Reign’s top netminder, Jean-Francois Berube also received a call up to Manchester this week.
Ontario currently leads the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Alaska Aces. The Reign also hold the best record in the ECHL. San Francisco sits in eighth place with 40 points, only two points behind the Utah Grizzlies with 42.
The Bulls return home tomorrow night for a brief two-game home-stand against the Bakersfield Condors. The puck drops on Saturday at 7:15 and 2:15 on Sunday. San Francisco will wear specialty Sharks-themed teal jerseys. These commemorative jerseys will be raffled and auctioned off during and after the games. Get your tickets now at SFBulls.com.
Goals: Dean Ouellet – 22
Assists: Rob Kwiet – 21
Points: Peter Sivak – 40
Plus/Minus: Scott Langdon – +13
PIM: Kris Belan – 112
Wins: Thomas Heemskerk – 11
GAA: Thomas Heemskerk – 3.25
Save %: Thomas Heemskerk – 0.900
Peter Sivak – 10 points (7g, 3a) in the past 10 games
Dean Ouellet – 9 points (5g, 4a) in the past 10 games
02/07/2013 Colin Reddin (F) ADD Activated from Reserves
02/07/2013 Rylan Galiardi (F) DEL Placed on Reserves
02/04/2013 Thomas Heemskerk (G) ADD Activated from IR
02/04/2013 Marek Viedensky (F) ADD Reassigned from Worcester (AHL)
02/04/2013 Bryan Hince (G) DEL Released from SPC
Goals: Colton Yellow Horn – 36
Assists: Kyle Kraemer – 29
Points: Colton Yellow Horn – 58
Plus/Minus: CJ Stretch – +23
PIM: Derek Couture – 140
Wins: Jean-Francois Berube, Chris Carrozzi – 15
GAA: Jean-Francois Berube – 2.17
Save %: Jean-Francois Berube – 0.910%
Shutouts: Chris Carrozzi – 3
Recent Ontario Transactions
02/06/2013 Colton Yellow Horn (F) DEL Loaned to Manchester (AHL)
02/06/2013 Jean-Francois Berube (G) DEL Loaned to Manchester (AHL)
02/06/2013 Tommy Fitzpatrick (D) ADD Claimed from South Carolina
02/06/2013 Troy Redmann (G) ADD Added emergency backup
02/05/2013 Tommy Fitzpatrick (D) ADD Claimed off Waivers
Kyle Kraemer – 15 points (6g, 9a) in the past 10 games
Mario Lamoureux – 14 points (4g, 10a) in the past 10 games
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About the ECHL
The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Today, the league has 23 teams in 16 states. The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. The ECHL has had 234 players reach the NHL over the last seven seasons. It’s the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. On opening day of the 2011-12, 83 former ECHL players were on NHL rosters. The ECHL teams are divided into the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. All teams play a 72-game schedule. For more information please visit http://www.echl.com/